A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Tag: Lewes

The Egrets Way

Egrets Way Sign
The Egrets Way, Ouse Valley Cycle Network

  • variety of walking, cycling and accessible routes
  • still under development so check the Ouse Valley Cycle Network website for latest
  • mostly flat
  • accessible by bus and train

disabled access signtrainbuscup of teacycle

The Egrets Way is a new and developing network of interlinking, safe and accessible cycle and walking routes within the Ouse Valley between the County Town of Lewes and the channel port of Newhaven including the parishes of Kingston, Swanborough, Iford, Northease & Rodmell, Southease, and Piddinghoe.

Egrets Way at Southease

The South Downs Way intersects The Egrets Way at Southease

The way is already providing some safe and accessible walking and cycling routes, and much of it will be suitable for buggies, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and child cyclists. To date, paths have been completed running from Kingston to Lewes and also from Rodmell to Southease. Now the project is continuing the process of constructing the path, which will largely run alongside the River Ouse.

For the latest information, check the The Egrets Way website by the Ouse Valley Cycle Network.

Walks near Lewes 1: Glynde & Mount Caburn

Glynde, Mount Caburn & Lewes  (PDF, South Downs National Park)

Mount Caburn

  • 6.5 miles, 10.4k circular walk between Lewes and Glynde
  • hilly, some stiles
  • Trevor Arms in Glynde (but has been closed for some time) as of June 2018),  plenty of pubs and cafes in Lewes if you take a short detour into the town – the Snowdrop  and Dorset are just off the route.  Little Cottage Tea Rooms  in Glynde (limited opening).
  • starts and end at Glynde train station
  • shorter one way walk between Glynde and Lewes Stations, or vice versa, would be an option

traincup of tea

Starting at Glynde Station, this walk takes you up to the Downs with wonderful views over the Ouse Valley from the great mound and hill fort of Mount Caburn (watch out for paragliders). Heading down towards Lewes there are panoramic views to enjoy over the town and its castle.  Take a detour into this attractive town if you have time. Returning from Lewes, you pass an old quarry with views of Glyndebourne Opera House, before heading past the Elizabethan Glynde Place and the Grade II listed Anglican Church of St Mary the Virgin at Glynde (pictured below) near the end of the walk. The Church was built in the 1760s by Richard Trevor, bishop of Durham, whose family seat was the adjacent Glynde Place. Its designer, Sir Thomas Robinson had visited Italy and was enthusiastic about Renaissance architecture: the church is built in Palladian style.

St Mary's Church, Glynde